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(@dave-t)
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I starting to get the hang of this from the D Hodge "For What It's Worth" lesson. Although he explains very well, I'm not clear whether the proper technique is to hit all the strings in the chord or just the bottom or top few.

I seem to be just hitting just the E, A, D strings, which actually sounds pretty good at this point. I seem to lose momentum getting towards the G, B, E strings.

Thanks.


   
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(@dogbite)
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with a down stroke you will tend to hit the three lower strings.
if it sounds fine dont worry.
eventually as your playing improves you will nail all the strings.

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(@dogbite)
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I want to add something./
it is normal to obly hit the three lower strings with the percussive muting technique.
Ive tried to slap all the strings and it doesnt feel normal.
one thing to notice:
you are down stroking for the percussive slap/mute. notice that you can upstroke and nail nicely the three higher strings.
if you palm mute rright off, same as the downstroke mute, you will have executed a beautiful reaggae technique.

when I play reggae, which is often, I upstroke/mute for the most part. it creates that great two and four beat riddem of reaggae and ska.
a tight mute on the up stroke is called a skank.

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(@dave-t)
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Dogbite:

Sounds fairly simple. Just "perc. strum/upstrum/palm mute/perc. strum/upstrum/palm mute " etc etc right?

I'm gonna give it a try tonight !


   
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(@dogbite)
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yeah. kep it tight.
tight meaning dont let the strings vibrate for very long, if at all.

alot of times I form the alt form of barre chords.
thumb over the top of th neck and the other fingers forming a open F chord.
use this position anywhere on the neck.
ie: 5th f chord position form you are playing A major.

reggae, unlike rock is emphaiszed on the two and four beat.
rock is one and three.

drummers. this is called the one drop.
you hit on the two count, but you count one then drop.(drop means hit).

cool mon. enjoy

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